The U.S space agency reported that its experimental helicopter and rover push their limits further on Mars. This flight of the helicopter, called Ingenuity was its ninth flight on Mars. The space agency today in its official press release stated that this flight has been the most successful mission of Ingenuity so far.
NASA’s reported that the helicopter has broken new records like the length of the flight, distance, and speed of the flight.The flight is controlled by NASA’s team operating from its California based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Describing the ninth flight, the team said Ingenuity for the first time traveled across the “unfriendly terrain.” The flight had previously travelled to flat terrains and had taken shorter trips, stated the team.
The main aim of Ingenuity was to demonstrate that the helicopter can launch in the airs of Mars, fly, and land on Mars. The helicopter was not built to carry out complex searches and other operations on the Red Planet, stated the team. But, as the aircraft has done so well in the previous tests, the team decided to push its limits.